Chef Daisuke Hayashi’s Yōshoku Creations at Roketsu London
Yōshoku (洋食, western food) is a style of Japanese cuisine based, as you may have guessed, on Western cooking. Think egg sandwiches or …ahem …”British” curry and rice ( Kareraisu ) or Hambagu (Hamburger Steak) or spaghetti with tomato sauce known as Napolitan. Dishes that are well worth exploring as an example of ultimate fusion cooking. And as well the embodiment of changes in Japan’s political and social structure, dating back to the Meiji Restoration (1868) and spanning the late Edo period and the beginning of the Meiji era when Japan rapidly industrialised and adopted Western ideas. One of the best spots to do so? @Roketsu downstairs. If you know of head chef Daisuke Hayashi’s, kaiseki restaurant Roketsu London (yes, the one with the interior made in Kyoto and shipped to London), check out the seven-seat private room downstairs, specialising in à la carte offerings including some very elegant yōshoku interpretations.